IDPH UPDATE May 7, 2020
Updated travel related guidance for COVID-19
COVID-19 virus is circulating across the United States. While there is no longer a recommendation to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from travel outside of Iowa and within the United States (as long as the traveler remains well and has not been identified as a close contact of an ill individual), travelers should continue to:
• Clean your hands often.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
o If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with others.
• Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
• Avoiding close contact is especially important if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
• Wear a cloth face covering in public.
• Cover coughs and sneezes.
The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend that persons returning from international travel stay home for 14 days after they return.
For additional information related to travel, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Isolation guidance for sick and/or COVID-19 positive members of the general public
Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate (regardless of whether they were tested for COVID-19) until after these three things have happened:
• They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
• Their other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved) AND
• At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.
Persons who test positive for COVID-19 but do not experience symptoms should self-isolate until:
• At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test AND
• They continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test.
CDC Guidance for “What to do if you are sick”: